10 Apps to Help You Learn a New Skill

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Your smartphone can be a detriment or a powerful tool depending on how you use it. It could distract you with social media notifications and silly games, or it could help you expand your skillset. If you’d prefer the latter, check out these 10 apps that can help you learn a new skill.

Khan Academy

Want to brush up on what you learned in school, explore a topic that interests you or learn a new skill? Khan Academy can help with that. Take courses, watch videos and complete exercises in an area of your choosing. The site focuses on STEM but also has history, economics and standardized test practice.

Headspace

Mindfulness and meditation can improve your focus, help you worry less and make you more creative. If you want to learn this skill, Headspace will walk you through how to do it with animated videos and guided meditations. You’ll have to pay if you want full access, but the basic course is free.

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Duolingo

Duolingo can help you lean a new language, which will, of course, help you communicate with people that speak that language but will also increase your understanding of your native tongue. The app offers a large library of lessons for each language as well as simulated conversations that make it easy to learn in just a few minutes per day.

Dictionary.com

If you also want to build your vocabulary in your mother tongue, download the app from dictionary.com. In addition to looking up words, you can use the thesaurus and enable the “Word of the Day” to grow your vocab one day at a time.

Fitocracy

Improving improve your physical fitness level can help you feel better mentally and emotionally as well as physically. Fitocracy provides you with tips for reaching your fitness goals as well as reminders and motivation. In the free version, you can browse exercises categorized by goal and experience level, view progress and earn points for working out. The paid version allows you to hire a coach who will train you through the app.

 

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TradeHero

If you’ve always wanted to pay the stock market but weren’t sure how to get started, TradeHero is the answer. This gamified app allows you to trade virtual stocks so that you can learn how the market works. Then, when you’re ready, you can fund your account and switch to trading real money.

MindTools

MindTools is an app designed to help you take your career, as well as your personal life, to the next level. Within this app, you can learn a variety of new skills and strategies for leadership, team management, stress management, creativity. There’s even a section on learning how to better learn skills.

Trivia Crack

If you want a fun way to learn interesting factoids, download Trivia Crack. With this app, you can challenge your friends to a game of trivia and increase your knowledge of art, science, geography, history, sports and entertainment.

Udacity

Coding and other technology are invaluable in today’s world. The Udacity app provides an easy way to learn them. From basics like HTML to advanced skills like artificial intelligence and virtual reality, Udacity has it all. You can even enroll in a nanodegree course that provides you with a certificate that shows employers what you know.

Blinkist

You can learn a lot from books, but it also takes a lot of time to read them. Blinkist changes all that by condensing popular non-fiction books into 15 minute reads or audio files, so you can get their main tips and insights without the time commitment. You can choose from over 2000 titles in 19 categories including, business, science and self-improvement.

You can never run out of things to learn. You’ll probably never run out of apps that help you grow your skillset either. If you want to boost your everyday productivity and learn something new, try out these 10 apps.

 

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Kayla Matthews is the editor of Productivity Bytes and a regular contributor to VentureBeat, Motherboard, MakeUseOf and Inc.com. Follow her on Twitter to read her latest posts.